Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2020. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood

April 15, 2021

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Working with cities and land trust partners in Gulf coast communities, TNC has developed tools that facilitate identification and selection of nature-based projects that can protect habitats and enhance coastal resilience while earning Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community Rating System (FEMA CRS) points to reduce rising and uncertain flood insurance rates. The approaches being shared during this webinar, including the CRS Explorer App and the CRS Greenprint process, have direct applications for the land trusts in the Gulf of Mexico and across the US.

This PIE webinar will focus on The Nature Conservancy's efforts to link conservation and restoration with CRS. Conservation activities, such as buying and protecting undeveloped lands and restoring wetlands, are ‘nature-based solutions' that are creditable under CRS.

Attendees of this webinar will: (1) Learn about ongoing projects that connect flood insurance rates, community resilience, and conservation and (2) Learn about tools to identify and select nature-based projects to protect habitats and improve community resilience. 

APA Research Associate Jo Peña and Research Manager Joe DeAngelis, AICP, will moderate this webinar. They will be joined by Christine Shepard, Ph.D., director of science for The Nature Conservancy's Gulf of Mexico Program, and Tom Mohrman, director of The Natures Conservancy's Mississippi Marine Program since 2011.

Meet the Presenters


Christine Shepard, Ph.D.

Christine Shepard, Ph.D., is the Director of Science, Gulf of Mexico, for The Nature Conservancy. Christine's areas of expertise include Coastal risk and resilience, climate change, conservation science, and marine spatial planning.


Thomas Mohrman

Tom Mohrman has been the Director of The Natures Conservancy's Mississippi Marine Program since 2011 and worked in various natural resource and conservation roles on the Mississippi coast since 2003.

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  • Planning for Wildfire: From Assessing Risk to Long Term Mitigation (November 20, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction (October 27, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)